The Blocks Cometh By Halfbot Review
- Challenging, endless skill-based platforming.
- Unlockable characters; unique features that add a spin on the gameplay.
- Optional tilt-controls for large-handed gamers.
- Double-jumping feels inconsistent; occasionally jumps on releasing the button.
The Blocks Cometh has finally arrived in all of its true glory and instead of simply aping the free Flash version that spawned it, Halfbot have added some fun challenges thanks to their unlockable characters.
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Don't mind the déjà-vu, it's not just you - we've been here before... quite literally; though this time The Blocks Cometh has been released by its original creators from Halfbot. However the developers aren't without their sense of humor and what started out as a relatively simple, yet fun Flash game, has bloomed in to a collaborative work that has partnered up several companies in an effort to create something wonderful.
Much like The Incident from late last year, you'll need to avoid falling blocks while constantly climbing over them in order to survive. It's a vicious cycle that's made all the easier thanks to being able to destroy blocks in your way and basic platforming controls that allow you to wall-slide or double-jump further up. Annoyingly, the vertical orientation can make using the d-pad a difficult proposition on the smaller iOS devices, however tilt-controls are available and with a bit of practice you can flip your way across the screen like it was second nature.
Progression in the game is rewarded with unlockable characters, with each one featuring unique attacks, jumps and speeds that can drastically affect how you play the game. The inclusion of two characters from League of Evil is not only amusing, but they provide a great change in style thanks to their melee attacks. Those who own League of Evil will also soon be able to play a level pack based on The Blocks Cometh, bringing the circle to a close.
Giving each character a unique style adds a lot of replayability, though players are likely to pick a character that feels best for them and stick with it as the ultimate goal is to go as high as possible. Attempting to beat your record and unlock various achievements may not remain fun forever, but The Blocks Cometh is still a great pickup for those who enjoy challenge-based platformers.
DescriptionPlay as multiple different characters, each with their own special skills to help them survive the onslaught of descending blocks. Keep climbing or face certain death. Scramble up a treacherous chain of crates, boxes, and blocks to see how high you can reach. If there's no safe route, you can strategically destroy some of the blocks to open a route. Don't take too long to think about it, though. The blocks keep coming, and they only get faster as you ascend!
The Blocks Cometh comes from Halfbot Studios, the developer behind the hit mobile version of Super Crate Box. It features a cast of wild characters that can be unlocked by achieving certain goals. Every character has their own skills and abilities, allowing you to find the one that fits your play style best! Challenge yourself in 4 different modes: Classic, Casual, Arcade, and the retro throw-back Gamebot. No matter how you choose to play, The Blocks Cometh. So what are you going to do about it?
Frantic Action: Blocks keep on crashing in from above. Dodge, attack, or climb on top of them to stay one step ahead of extinction!
Multiple Modes: Play the standard Classic Mode, take it easy with Casual Mode, go for a high score in Arcade Mode, or kick it old-school in Gamebot Mode!
A Wacky Cast: Unlock and play as 14 different characters including Velocispider, League of Evil's Leaper, and... Jim Sterling!?
Play Your Way: Master classic button controls or the optional tilt controls. Play in vertical mode to see the blocks sooner, or horizontal mode for a close-up view of the action!
Ascend to Great Heights: Climb to awesome altitudes on these tricky, towering blocks. How high can you get?
The Blocks Cometh is playable for free, with some sections and features available only to subscribers of GameClub Pro, an optional auto-renewing monthly subscription which also removes ads. Besides the GameClub Pro subscription, there are no other in-app purchases in this game.
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